Creating a natural play backyard for your kids is important for any growing family. With so much technology available to our children it is so important to encourage them to go outside and play when at home.  A nature play garden is a great way to get kids outside.

Here are our top tips to consider when planning your nature play garden.


1. Safe Plants

Selecting the right plants for your children is important when you are planning your garden.  There are so many spikes, thorns and poison plants that children can get their hands on.  Kids Gardening website has a extensive list of plans that are safe for planting.  With the safe plant list ensure you create colour, texture and smells that will delight the sense and wonder of children.

Depending on the size of your backyard get creative with your planting and create hidden trails and

2. Play areas and nature play

Bringing the indoors outside by including blackboards, small clotheslines for hanging their artwork and even building a race car track are great options to include in your backyard.  If you have room a small bike and scooter path is also a great option to border your vegetable gardens.  Bird feeders, stepping stones, climbing objects can also be incorporated as great play areas for the kids.

3. Trampoline inground

There are so many trampolines available on the market these days but I think you probably cannot get any safer than a inground one.  These look sleek and blend into your garden without being an eyesaw.  Check out these great ideas for inground trampolines at Oz Trampolines.

4. Grassed area

A soft are for kids to land needs to be a consideration.  There are so many option these day that it doesn’t need to be grass.  You may want to include mulch, artificial grass or rubber.  For me you can’t beat the real thing!

5. Veggie patch

Of course you can’t go past the vegetable patch.  Gardening for children promotes healthy, fun activities.  It teaches them where food comes from. Check out our blog on growing your own pizza garden.

6. Cubbyhouse or treehouse

Growing up our treehouse was a fond memory.  There are so many ideas on the web on how to create one including tents, treehouses or kids timber play houses.   Adding a kids kitchen and other items is also a great addition.

7. Animals

There is nothing like some  chooks, puppy, cat, guinea pigs or rabbits to completed your garden.  A pet is a amazing gift to get your kids outside

Remember planning is the key to an amazing kid friendly garden.  It isn’t easy but do your homework and your kids will forever remember their magical garden.